WV Department of Natural Resources announces public meeting locations


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PIPESTEM — Pipestem Resort State Park Lodge is among the places where West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) will host 12 in-person public meetings on March 11 — 12 to discuss proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations for the 2024-2025 seasons.

"West Virginia's hunting, trapping, fishing and outdoor community is incredible and I want to encourage folks to attend one of these meetings and be part of making our state the best place for outdoor recreation in the world," Gov Jim Justice said Wednesday.

The public meetings, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. at various locations around the state, will provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on the following proposed regulations:

2024 Hunting Regulations for White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, Black Bear and Wild Boar.

2025-2026 General Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

2025 Fishing Regulations.

Justice also said that youth hunters ages 10 — 15 who attend one of the meetings will get a chance to enter their names into a drawing for an open spot on a trip to Little Coal Wildlife Management Area and participate in a sponsored youth turkey hunt, fishing and camping.

Anyone interested in attending the meetings scheduled in their areas should note these dates and locations:

Monday, March 11 — 6-8 p.m. — Beckley — Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center

Tuesday, March 12 — 6-8 p.m. — Pipestem — Pipestem Resort State Park Lodge

"This informal meeting style allows people to attend at their convenience during the scheduled meeting times, learn about proposed regulation changes, discuss these proposals with personnel from the Wildlife Resources and Law Enforcement sections and comment on the proposed regulations and other wildlife-related issues," said WVDNR Director Brett McMillion.

Those who are unable to attend an in-person meeting but wish to send a written comment on proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations, may do so by filling out and submitting a questionnaire, available to download at

Written comments must be received by the WVDNR no later than by April 2.

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